Much as we’d like to tie all of our equipment failures together, assuming that one thing led to the next, sometimes it’s all just coincidence.
We had three failures:
1.) Possibly slipping clutch (or other drive train issue)
2.) Sheared engine mounting bolts
3.) Engine died and wouldn’t keep running when restarted.
Since they all happened more or less concurrently, one would assume that they were connected. Well, near as I can see, they aren’t.
The slipping clutch, if indeed it IS slipping, might be caused by the fact that I’m using 40W oil in it instead of the recommended 30W. Why? Try finding straight 30W oil in Mexico. I haven’t seen it anywhere. I think we’ll pull the transmission when we get to Guaymas and have it overhauled, just in case. But maybe, just maybe, it’s not slipping at all and we were just going slowly because of the currents up here. But, probably, it’s slipping.
The sheared engine mounts. The mounts are 22 years old and quite rusty. When we leaving Puerto Pesco, I jammed the lever into REVERSE a little more exuberantly than normal. Thought at the time that it probably wasn’t a good idea. Don’t know if one or more mounts sheared at that point or not, but it’s possible.
The engine dying and not restarting: turned out the electric fuel pump was failing. Fortunately I had a spare on board that I bought when we were in Puerto Pesco. Installed it this afternoon and the engine started up and ran just fine.
So here’s out status: Michael brought me some hose clamps today. I traded him some motor oil which he needed for a problem he’s having. I managed to get 2 of the 3 failed engine mounts tied down with the hose clamps. Couldn’t manage to get the 3rd one to hold. I reinstalled the tranny. I replaced the faulty electric fuel pump. So, now we have an engine that starts and runs reliably connected to a transmission that may or may not but probably is slipping. And the engine is tied down using hose clamps. And we’re feeling pretty darn good about stuff.
We’re just about to head out. Planning on an overnight sail to Guaymas although it may take longer than that. But we figure tonight and tomorrow are our best bets for helpful winds (though they won’t be very helpful). We’re hoping to catch some ebb tide current for the first 6 hours or so as well. We still plan to sail to Guaymas, saving our engine for entering the port and getting to the haulout yard. No telling when one of those hose clamps will snap so we decided to only use the engine when NEEDED. This will be a good lesson for us.
Okay, hopefully my next dispatch will be from Guaymas and soon.